Woodward recruits operations director

Woodward Foodservice has appointed Chris Flowers as its new operations director just days after completing a management buyout.

Chris was previously foodservice director at Musgrave in Ireland, where he ran the company’s delivered foodservice operations throughout the country. Prior to that, he spent much of his career with Brakes and was operations director for the last eight years with the company.

Ed Hyslop, chief executive of Woodward, said: “Chris has a wealth of experience in running large foodservice operations. His experience with Brakes in particular, where he presided over the development of their extensive network during their rapid growth in the mid to late 1990s, will be invaluable to help us manage the constant changes required to support our growing business.

“He brings a mixture of traditional foodservice thinking and modern ideas which we need to ensure we continue to provide our customers with the highest quality service.”

In his new role Flowers will run Woodward’s depot operations, central operations, fish operations and public cold storage business. He will also take responsibility for managing the company’s supply chain.

Flowers said: “Woodward has become a major national player with 14 regional distribution centres throughout the UK. It’s an exciting time to be joining the company following its management buyout.

“Woodward is a quick-thinking business that constantly adapts to changes in the industry. It also has significant backing from large investors which gives the company the ability to invest in its operations and expansion.”

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